In July 2022, Edgewell Personal Care issued a nationwide recall for three batches of Banana Boat Hair and Scalp Sunscreen SPF 30. Most recently, in January, Edgewell added an additional batch after a review found traces of benzene in samples of the product. The benzene is not in the sunscreen itself but the propellant used to get the product out of the can.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classifies benzene as a human carcinogen based on “sufficient evidence” that it causes acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Benzene is also known to be linked to acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL), chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), multiple myeloma, and non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
Thankfully, there has been no sign of adverse health consequences while using these products even before the recall.
The products are sold in aerosol cans and have been distributed nationwide online and through various retailers. To identify whether the product purchased is on the recall list, check the bottom of the can for the lot codes. The following table is from the FDA website listing the lot codes and expiration dates of the recalled products:
|0-79656-04041-8||Banana Boat Hair & Scalp Spray SPF 30||20016AF||December 2022||6 oz|
|0-79656-04041-8||Banana Boat Hair & Scalp Spray SPF 30||20084BF||February 2023||6 oz|
|0-79656-04041-8||Banana Boat Hair & Scalp Spray SPF 30||21139AF||April 2024||6 oz|
|0-79656-04041-8||Banana Boat Hair & Scalp Spray SPF 30||20301CF||September 2023||6 oz|
It’s important to note that products of Banana Boat Hair and Scalp, both before and after these batches are not a part of this recall. Other Banana Boat products can be used by consumers as usual without any worries.
If you experience any adverse reactions or quality problems with the use of this product, you can report it to the FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting Program.
Edgewell is offering reimbursement for the recalled products. If you want to learn more about the recall, visit the FDA website, or you can visit www.bananaboat.com for more information about reimbursement for eligible products.